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    Stop in Encamp

    by matcrazy1 Updated Oct 30, 2006

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    I stopped in a little (pop. 13,000) town of Encamp in geographical center of Andorra about 6 km from Andorra la Vella. Encamp is located at height of about 1,300 m and offers breathtaking views over surrounding mountains. Among narrow streets and passages I have found numerous - typical for the Pyrenees - old houses with walls made of natural stones and rocks. A little church in my picture - with typical for Spain single bell hang above the front entrance - church of Saint Michael and Saint John, really amazed me.

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    Andorra la Vella

    by matcrazy1 Updated Oct 29, 2006

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    I surelly stopped in the capital city of Andorra called Andorra la Vella. Well, at first I saw only busy and noisy traffic on main streets and numerous banks and shops advertising themselves as duty free shops. There were policewomen costumed in pretty red uniforms on a few main intersections.

    During my walk around the city I discovered except usual in Andorra mountain sceneries a few more small things worth to see. It includes a stone parish church (of St. Stephen; Iglesia de Sant Esteve) built in a Romanesque style in the 12th Century with a monument to a bishop and amazing stone houses hanging on steep rocks.

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    Stop in Pas de la Casa

    by matcrazy1 Updated Oct 30, 2006

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    Driving from France I passed through the highest pass in the Pyreneen Mountains (see my off the beaten path tip) I drove down to the first community in Andorra called Pas de la Casa which was full of numerous concrete hotels and pensions and didn't look especially great at first sight.

    However, the Pic Blanc (2705 m; 8875 ft) mountain covered by numerous ski lifts looked great. Pas de la Casa has the biggest ski area and highest lift-served terrain in Andorra. Now, it's linked with Soldeu, 14 km away by road.

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    CALDEA SPA

    by Hosell Updated Dec 27, 2004

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    A part of the nice landscapes,nature,ski,shopping and everything that Andorra has to offer,you can feel very relaxed also spending some of your time in here: Caldea Spa,it is located in the center of Andorra la Vella,and is one of best and moderns Spa that you can find in Europe.

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    CALDEA - SPA

    by trotador Written Jan 28, 2004

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    Caldea is a spa in Andorra's capital.
    It has indoor lagoon (huge) and outside area where sometimes you are in the water while is snowing.
    For the price of EUR 30 you get the admission for three hours to the jacuzzies, waterbeds, aztec bads, saunas and so on...
    It has restaurant, bar, massages area, beauty, shoping area.
    It is open from around 9 AM to 11PM.
    I do not really like the place because I do not like to touch some people when I nude, I mean, with my swimsuit. When I go to these places to relax I like to relax and do not wait in line to use any area.
    If you go during the weekend think the place will be totally FULL.
    The building is fantastic, it is made with thousand of crystals and metal.

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    Romanesque Bridges - St Antoni and La Margineda

    by DSwede Written Aug 16, 2006

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    Andorra has many old villages and buildings, but none date back past the Roman times.

    There are two (if not more) Roman foot bridges that still exist in Andorra, but most people will go right past them without knowing. They only take a few minutes to visit and cost nothing.

    Pont de La Margineda - of the two bridges, this one is the higher, longer, wider span. (see the second photo)

    Pont de Sant Antoni - the smaller of the two bridges, only ~1m wide and ~10m long. But in my opinion the nicer of the two. (see first picture) The background is still more or less natural mountains and rocks. Pont de la Margineda is being encroached by modern construction and roadways.

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    The Monastery at Meritxell

    by dlandt Updated Mar 23, 2005

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    Just outside of the small town of Canilo is the monastery at Meritxell. Two turns up the road and you will find the primary center of worship in Andorra. The main building is a tranquil, dark stoned and modern affair,which also houses the Madonna of Andorra. The overview is magnificent.

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    Viewpoint "Roc del Quer"

    by wadekorzan Updated Feb 9, 2005

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    If you drive north from the capital, Andorra La Vella, towards the center of the country, you´ll see this viewpoint on the right. You have to walk a ways from where you park the car (10 minutes), but the view is fantastic. Follow the path as far as you can and then go down to the lower viewpoint for a spectacular view of the valley. This really came as an unexpected surprise to us, because we were just driving and it was so beautiful we wanted to pull over, so did at the first place we could. We ended up spending about an hour here walking and enjoying the different views. There was snow everywhere, but it wasn´t cold as we had brillaint blue skies.

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    Drive as many of the roads as you can

    by wadekorzan Updated Feb 4, 2005

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    My favorite thing about Andorra was the really beautiful mountain scenery. We drove as much as possible, stopping wherever we could to enjoy the scenery or to explore the villages. Don´t just drive through--you actually have to stop and enjoy it. There are places to stop where you can do short walks or hikes, vista points, quaint villages, etc. In January, all the mountains were covered by snow and we had clear blue skies and sun--the scenery was absolutely breathtaking.

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    From mountain activities......

    by fga Written Feb 25, 2003

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    From mountain activities...
    In Andorra, the country of the Pyrenees, mountain and nature lovers can take part in many activities throughout the year. In winter, the depth and quality of its snow and the country's high class equipment makes a visit to Andorra for ski lovers a must.
    The Principality encourages all forms of snow sports: motor sledging, snowboarding, Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, the use of snow shoes, long distance skiing, dog-drawn sleigh racing.
    During the rest of the year numerous activities of discovery and adventure may be enjoyed in the Andorran mountains from trout fishing in the lakes, ponds and rivers to rock climbing in the mountains, mountain bike riding, trekking, guided walks or horse riding and white water canoeing.
    A visit to Andorra is essential for all those keen on sports. Motor sport has become very popular in recent years with the organization of frequent competitions of various descriptions, such as World Championships trials, driving on ice, etc.
    Finally, the Sport and Mountain Training School (EFPEM) was opened in December 1995 to train in theory and practice instructors and trainers, technical and administrative managers of federations and clubs, leisure sports leaders, referees and/or judges, including any one involved in activities to promote the teaching of physical education and sport.
    ...to the more traditional sports
    The great strength of Andorra lies in its ability to provide sports facilities suitable for all the traditional sports in a relatively small country.
    Team sports such as football, basketball, ice hockey or underwater hockey, rugby and volleyball, can be played at all levels. A large number of keen tennis, swimming, athletics, dancing, squash and martial arts players/participants are members of clubs and federations in Andorra.
    The Principality also has the following state-of-the-art facilities:
    - The Serradells Olympic swimming pool (50 x 21 m), which can be divided into two pools of 25 x 21 m each, in a large sports complex in Andorra la Vella.
    - The Andorra la Vella Municipal stadium with a football pitch, 6 lane running track and a multipurpose pitch (20 x 40 m) for hockey, figure skating and team sports.
    - The Andorra Sports centre in Andorra la Vella, with a capacity for 5,000 spectators, for competitive sports such as basketball, volleyball or indoor football.
    - The MICG pitch, also at Andorra la Vella, principally for rugby.
    - The Ice palace, in Canillo, with an Olympic-size rink (30 x 60 m), a 25 m swimming pool and multipurpose halls. - The Aixovall Sports field at Sant Julià de Loria, principally for football.
    - The Olympic rifle range at Sant Julià de Loria, for room for six competitors and 15 pits for trap shooting.
    - The five multipurpose sports centres at Encamp, Escaldes-Engordany, Ordino, l'Aldosa (La Massana) and Sant Julià de Loria with facilities for all sports, e.g. basketball, indoor football, volleyball, judo, karate, gymnastics, swimming and tennis.
    - The Pas de la Casa Car ice track at Pas de la Casa (Encamp).
    SKIING The Principality of Andorra has the largest skiable area in the Pyrenees. The country offers five Alpine ski resorts and one Nordic ski resort. With a total de 2625 hectares, the resorts offer 277 km of ski runs, 1 cable car, 4 cabin lifts, 41 uncoupleable 2- to 6-seater chair, 50 ski lifts, 15 km of Nordic ski runs and more than 1100 snow canons to guarantee skiing throughout the season, on a territory measuring only 468 sq.km
    The ski resorts ORDINO / ARCALÍS
    This ski resort is located in the middle of the valleys of Arcalís and La Coma, from where you can enjoy the wild, intact scenery of the sector.
    The resort goes from an altitude of 1940 m. up to 2620 m. and has 26 km of ski runs, 5 chair lifts, 8 ski lifts, 17 snow canons, a ski school with 40 instructors, a snow garden and creche for the little ones and a snowpark for surfers.

    PAL & ARINSAL
    In this, the 2000-2001 season, the resorts of Pal and Arinsal will be joined thanks to the installation of a new cable car, making a area of 63 km of runs. The cable car will link Port Negre and Setúria in only 6 minutes with two cabins holding 50 which can transport up to 500 persons per hour.
    The PAL sector is located at Pal Wood where you can ski among the trees. It is noted for its gentle runs for the younger ones and more exciting ones for the rest of the family. The ARINSAL sector has a difference of 1050 metres in altitude between the lowest and highest points. It is a resort where the learner skier can make easy progress and is excellent for the medium level skier. PAL and ARINSAL have 63 km of ski runs, 1 cable car, 1 cabin lift, 11 chair lifts, 17 ski lifts, 350 snow canons, 2 ski schools with 140 instructors, 2 snow gardens, 2 creches and 1 snowpark.

    La RABASSA, at an altitude of 2,050 m, is a cross-country skiing station with 15 km runs, equipment sale and hire facilities, snow shoe circuits and an area for children where they can toboggan, sledge and build igloos.

    PAS DE LA CASA / GRAU ROIG
    The pioneering resort in Andorra located on the watershed of the Pyrenees. Its northerly orientation and high altitude (2050 - 2640 m) practically guarantee the quantity and quality of snow throughout the season, backing this up with 383 snow canons which can cover more than 626 hectares (23 km of ski runs).
    The resort has 100 km of ski runs, 1 cabin lift (Funicamp) which links Encamp to the upper altitude at Grau Roig, 14 chair lifts, 13 ski lifts, 3 ski schools with 180 instructors, 2 snow gardens, 1 creche, 1 snowpark and 1 mogul stadium.

    SOLDEU EL TARTER
    The resort can be reached from three different points: from the village of Soldeu by cabin lift, from El Tarter by 2 chair lifts and, starting this season thanks to the new cabin lift, there is direct access from Canillo.
    It is a resort offering very varied runs in woodland, red runs, black runs and the possibility of going off-run with a snowtreading machine.
    Soldeu el Tarter, located in altitude between 1710 and 2560 metres, has a total of 88 km of ski runs, 2 cabin lifts, 11 chair lifts, 12 ski lifts, 380 snow canons, 3 ski schools with 250 instructors, 3 creches, 3 snow gardens, 1 snowpark and 1 mogul stadium

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    BUY,BUY,BUY........but there...

    by almogaver Written Feb 25, 2003

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    BUY,BUY,BUY........but there are many other things to
    do in such a small country. In winter go to skiing,
    but all the year you can go there to climb, or only
    to walk in one of most beatiful places in the Pirenees.
    There are fantastic corners not far of the rush center
    of Andorra la Vella.

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    City: Andorra La Vella

    by rkyle2 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    City: Andorra La Vella
    Andorra La Vella is the capital of this tiny principality nestling between France and Spain and is its biggest town. Lying at the confluence of the Gran Valira, the Valira del Oriente and the Valira del Norte rivers, Andorra La Vella is dwarfed by stunning snow-capped mountains of up to 2500 metres high. The town has now grown to absorb the once independent villages of Escaldes, Engordany and Santa Coloma.

    The Barri Antic (old town) was the original heart of the town when it was little more than a village. It stretches from the Esglesia de Sant Esteve to Placeta del Puial and is characterized by atmospheric cobblestoned streets and arresting stone houses.

    Stroll in the Placa del Poble – the large public square atop the Edifici Administratiu Govern d’Andorra. It’s a great place for people watching of an evening and is home to the town’s theatre and concert venue.

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    Water Sports close to Andorra

    by Hosell Updated Dec 27, 2004

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    Very close to Andorra,about 20 Km. south of this small country,located in Spain,province of Lleida,you can see: OLIANA'S LAKE. It is one of largest in Spain,about 35 Km long.
    If you visit Andorra during summer,here you can practice all kind of water sports.

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    Casa de la Vall

    by rkyle2 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Casa de la Vall
    Originally built as a family home in 1580, Casa de la Vall was bought by the General Council in 1702 and is now the seat of the Andorran Parliament. Its architecture includes both civil and military elements. Inside there is an interesting cupboard with seven keys which once held the most important national documents. The cupboard could only be opened by the simultaneous presence of councillors from each of the seven constituencies in the country. There is also a dormitory and a kitchen with magnificent 16th century murals. The Sala de la Justicia is the only courtroom in the whole country and the Sala del Consell is where the parliament still assembles.

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    Andorran Village Festivals

    by rkyle2 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Andorran Village Festivals
    During the months of July, August and September, many Andorran towns and villages hold lively festivals many of which go on for three days at a time. All of these festivals originated as Catholic religious feasts.

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